Marlboro College


Marlboro, VT -- (November 25, 2009) -- The Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences (VAAS) awarded a fellowship to Marlboro College President, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, during its fall 2009 conference.

The VAAS Board of Trustees began the tradition of electing fellows in 1975, in recognition of outstanding contribution in the arts, humanities, sciences or teaching. Previous recipients include Blanche Moyse, Edward J. Feidner, Margaret MacArthur, John Kenneth Galbraith and Jamaica Kincaid.

In a four-page proclamation, VAAS cited many of the accomplishments by which McCulloch-Lovell has enriched the lives of Vermonters, "by assuring that our cultural institutions remain strong and viable and that all Vermonters, particularly children and young people have access to the arts." Most notably her work as the Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities while serving as deputy chief of staff to the First Lady, Hillary Clinton, as well as being the executive director of the Vermont Arts Council from 1975 to 1983.

"Being named a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences holds great meaning for me," said McCulloch-Lovell. "I believe in the creative enterprise, that creativity can be taught and leads people to be the artists of their own lives. I especially want young people to develop their own special voices in ways that change their lives and the world."

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell became Marlboro College's first woman president in 2004. She spent seven years in the Clinton administration from 1994 to 2001, serving as executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, deputy chief of staff to the first lady, and deputy assistant to the president and advisor to the first lady on the Millennium Project. In her role on the Millennium Project, she spearheaded national campaigns in historic preservation and in educational, cultural and environmental programs. The Save America's Treasures program (SAT), now administered by the National Park Service, the President's Committee and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has won over $30 million each year since 1998 from Congress and attracted over $100 million in private contributions. Among the hundreds of national icons that SAT helped conserve are the Star-Spangled Banner, the Washington Monument, and the cave dwellings of Mesa Verde.

Other White House initiatives included: a televised Blue Room speaker series called Millennium Evenings at the White House, a national trail-building and designation program with the U.S. Department of Transportation, states and communities; a tree planting program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture; an international cultural diplomacy initiative with the U.S. Department of State, and a program with the U.S. Department of Education to improve science and arts skills in schools, among other national projects.

McCulloch-Lovell was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) from 1983 to 1994. As executive director of the Vermont Arts Council (1975 to 1983), she was co-creator of the Governor's Institutes of Vermont, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to work with artists, scientists and international experts in summer institutes, now in its 25th year. She was a 1969 graduate of Bennington College. She lives on campus in the Captain Dan Mather House with her husband, Dr. Christopher W. Lovell, a professor for Union Institute and University. Her son Evan Lovell, wife Kristi and grandchildren, Lucia Eve, Isobel Sarah and Evelyn McCulloch, live in Stowe, Vermont.

VAAS was founded in 1965 on the initiative of Lucien M. Hanks, with the purpose of fostering wider and more intensive participation in the arts, humanities and basic and applied sciences within the state of Vermont, and to make the knowledge in these fields more accessible to the people of the State, and to stimulate achievement and promote excellence of education in these areas.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.





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